Marjorie Taylor Greene files ethics complaint against Democrat staffer who defaced office posters

Staffer had been referred for arrest warrant but prosecutors declined case.

Published: July 14, 2022 8:57am

Updated: July 14, 2022 10:05am

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has filed a complaint with the House Ethics Committee accusing a Democrat staffer of violating the chamber’s rules by repeatedly defacing posters outside her congressional office that expressed support for there being only two genders.

Timothy Hysom, the chief of staff for Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., was captured on surveillance video by Capitol Police in March defacing the posters and was named in an arrest warrant, but prosecutors declined to pursue the case, police records show.

Greene, a Georgia Republican, wrote in a letter this week to Ethics committee Chairman Ted Deutch and ranking member Rep. Jackie Walorski that Hysom’s conduct nonetheless violated House rules and should be punished.

"Every representative should be secure in their person and property while on the Capitol grounds and in the various House office buildings," she wrote. "Yet, over the last six months, Timothy Hysom – Chief-of-Staff for Representative Jake Auchincloss – has repeatedly defaced posters hanging outside of my congressional office."

"Specifically, Hysom used various derogatory comments to denigrate my sincerely held religious beliefs that there are only two genders made in the image of God," she also said.

Greene said Hysom's conduct violated the rule mandating that House employees "shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House” and “adhere to the highest moral principles ... engage in no business with the Government inconsistent with the performance of governmental duties.

”Repeatedly defacing the property of another Member of Congress certainly falls into the realm of behavior which would be barred directly under any normal code of ethics. By extension, Hysom’s actions clearly violate the spirit of the law to adhere to the highest moral principles and refrain from engaging in non-governmental business while in performance of governmental duties.”

Hysom has declined to respond to requests seeking comment but Auchincloss' spokesperson sent Just the News a statement confirming the defacing had occurred but insisting that treating it as a crime was "ridiculous."

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